What to Expect: Collaborate with professional songwriters and other students, in writing original songs and recording them. Work with Graphic Design and Art students to create album artwork specifically for your songs.
How to Apply: Submit a resume of your musical and writing experience.
What to Expect: Create musical compositions and grow in all aspects of music production: recording, crafting sounds of all kinds (guitar, bass, synth, drums, soundscapes, etc.) and all aspects of mixing (gain staging, eq, compression, effects, etc.) and mastering. Work with Film students to score music for short films. If you have your own laptop and software, you are encouraged to bring it.
How to Apply: Submit a resume of your musical experience (vocal, instrumental, electronic). If possible, include a 30-second sample of music you’ve composed.
What to Expect: Learn fundamentals of photography, lighting, composition, and photo editing from a professional photographer. Develop a portfolio of your work. Use Adobe Lightroom. Work with Songwriters, Writers, and Graphic Designers to create album and book covers. If you own a DSLR camera bring it. If not, one will be provided. If you have your own laptop and software you are encouraged to bring it.
What to Expect: Work with graphic design professionals and learn how to create logos, t-shirt designs, and print materials using Adobe Illustrator. Collaborate with Songwriters, Writers, and Photographers to create album and book covers. Work with Production students to create graphics for the final program. If you have your own laptop and software, you are encouraged to bring it.
How to Apply: Submit a resume of your experience in graphic design and some examples of your work.
What to Expect: Learn from professional filmmakers the process and tools for telling powerful visual stories. From story creation to shooting and editing, by the end of the week you will produce your own short film, edited using Adobe Premier. Work with Digital Audio students in scoring and Theater students in directing the film. Videography students create media for the final program. If you have your own laptop and software you are encouraged to bring it.
How to Apply: Submit a resume of your experience in filmmaking and videography. Optional: a short example of a video you’ve made.
What to Expect: Local artists will teach you the tools and techniques for creating visual art using a variety of media. Show your work in the final program.
How to Apply: Submit at least one example of visual art you have created.
What to Expect: With the help of experienced animators, you’ll sketch, storyboard, and create a short animated film using Adobe After Effects and Character Animator. Collaborate with Film, Music, and Production students to create media for the final program. If you have your own laptop and software, you are encouraged to bring it.
How to Apply: Submit sketches of your work. Optional: submit an example of an animation project you've done.
What to Expect: Whether it’s comedy or drama, this multi-staff course will help you develop your theater performance skills through improvisation, script analysis, and dramatic interpretation. Work with Film students in creating a short film. Perform in the final program.
How to Apply: Submit a resume of acting experience. Optional: submit a 30-second video of a performance.
What to Expect: Storytelling is the art. Writing is the tool. Write better screenplays, novels, and poems by learning the principles of storytelling, led by a published author and screenwriter. By the end of the week you’ll have published your work! If you have your own laptop and software you are encouraged to bring it.
How to Apply: Submit a short example of your writing (short story, poetry, spoken word, essay, etc.).
What to Expect: Develop your audio mixing skills on a digital console. Design and execute visual environments for worship through lighting, camera work, video projection, and stage design. Work with artists in every track to produce the final program.
How to Apply: Submit a resume of your production experience including equipment you’ve operated.
Matt is the director of the Creative Arts Academy and the director of the Worship Arts Department at OCC. He has led and coached worship teams for the past thirty years in hundreds of places across the country and has produced eight audio recordings. A faculty member for thirteen years, Matt currently teaches in the areas of creative and technical arts, music, worship leadership and the book of Psalms. Matt’s education includes a Bachelor of Theology in Old Testament from Ozark Christian College and an M.A. in TESOL and Linguistics. He and his wife Joy have two college age sons, Aaron and Ethan.
Carolyn graduated from Ozark Christian College with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Counseling. She is the administrative assistant to the Worship Arts Department and the program administrator for the Creative Arts Academy, where she provides administrative support to the worship arts and creative arts programs. Carolyn lives in Joplin with her husband, Nick, and attends Bronaugh Christian Church where her husband is the preacher. She is a cat-lover who enjoys reading and doing calligraphy art. Her spirit animal is the ground hog.
Emily is a senior at Ozark Christian College and will receive her bachelor's degree in Creative Arts. She has been a part of Ozark's technical crew for the past three years and is finishing up her internship at Christ's Church of Oronogo, where she focuses on video production and communication. She assists Matt and Carolyn in the programming of the Creative Arts Academy. Emily is originally from Michigan and if you ask here where in Michigan she is from, she will use her hand to show you.
Why the Creative Arts Academy?
The goal of Creative Arts Academy is to empower high school students to use their crafts to create Jesus culture in the world. We hope to inspire a generation of artists who will bring excellence, beauty, and truth to every realm of life. Through training in multiple disciplines, purposeful collaboration with other artists and peers, and in an atmosphere of joy, we believe students will leave as better artists and culture creators.
Who will lead and teach at the Academy?
The Academy is led by Matt Stafford, Director of Worship and Creative Arts at OCC, and Carolyn Hardison, Program Administrator. They are joined by more than fifty artists, worship leaders, and professionals who work with students in classrooms, rehearsal rooms, computer labs, studios, and production facilities on campus. OCC students also serve as facilitators and lab assistants.
What will a typical day at the Academy look like?
After breakfast in OCC’s Dining Hall, students meet for worship and devotions. The morning includes three hours of instruction and rehearsal with artist mentors. Afternoons include more instruction, rehearsal, elective courses, and free time. After dinner, we gather again for worship, a keynote speaker, and a variety of performing artists. The evening concludes with community group time and late-night activities including open mic, comedy improv, and artist performances.
What kind of instruction will I receive?
Instrumentalists and vocalists will have group rehearsals and private lessons. Students in other tracks will work with professional artists directly for 15 hours during the week and will also have lab time facilitated by our college student staff.
Will students be on campus the entire week?
Yes, with the exception of Wednesday when students will travel by charter bus to Bentonville, Arkansas, to visit Crystal Bridges, a world-class art museum. All transportation and meals are included.
What are the accommodations?
Students stay in the college residence halls under the supervision of summer college staff. Meals will be provided in the Dining Hall. Access to residence halls is controlled by key cards provided to each student. Students will be in the halls immediately after the final evening events conclude.
What performance opportunities are available?
There will be opportunities throughout the week for students to perform at our “open mic” events, if they wish. The week will conclude with a Friday afternoon worship event, featuring every student performing in some way. Parents, friends, and members of the community are invited to attend.
What is the refund policy?
January 15-March 18: $100 non-refundable deposit, remaining balance refunded
March 19-May 17: $100 non-refundable deposit, half of remaining balance refunded
May 18-June 14: no refund (cost is non-refundable but is transferable)
What discounts are available?
*Referral Rebate: For each new friend you bring to the Creative Arts Academy (must be their first time attending), you receive a $15 rebate. Your friend receives $10. Rebates will be distributed at on-campus registration, June 9.
Sibling: $25 off each
Tuesday Tour: $25 off
Ambassador Weekend: $25 off
P-T: $25 off
Group: $25 off per person (5 or more); adult sponsor comes free
*The Referral Rebate can be combined with the Sibling, Tuesday Tour, Ambassador, P-T, or Group discount.
The Sibling, Tuesday Tour, Ambassador, P-T, and Group discounts cannot be combined with each other. Contact Carolyn Hardison for discount codes.
When does the Academy begin and end?
Registration begins at 1 PM on Sunday, June 9, and the Academy concludes at 6 PM on Friday, June 14, after the final program.
Who may enroll?
Students who are entering high school through those who have just graduated from high school may attend the Academy. Registration requires a completed application and payment of registration fee. Tuition assistance is available. Contact us for more details.